With over fifteen years’ experience of treating psychological and personality disorders in a variety of private and public practices, I have developed a wide range of skills in counselling and psychotherapy croydon, all aimed at helping people to manage the symptoms of their disorders and take control of their lives.

One such disorder which responds particularly well to psychotherapy Croydon is Bipolar Disorder. Previously known as manic depression, many people would be forgiven for thinking that Bipolar disorder is a celebrity disease but the very fact that so many famous people are known to suffer with the disorder just goes to show how very prevalent it is.

The symptoms of the disorder often include periods (known as “episodes”) of depression where they may feel low and lethargic followed by periods of mania where they feel hyper and overactive. Although many people can have mood swings from time to time, Bipolar Disorder is characterised by the fact that these episodes can last for weeks or even months and in many cases the sufferer may not experience a “normal mood”.

The main symptoms of the disease are the violent mood swings, although other symptoms such as excessive spending, becoming easily fed up or annoyed with circumstances, feelings of deep depression, self-harm or suicide, risk taking and in some rare situations feelings of psychosis (believing that things are true or not true or seeing things which are not there) can also exist within the condition.

The reasons for Bipolar Disorder are currently unknown but many specialists, such as myself, believe that psychotherapy can be an excellent form of therapy as it can help sufferers to take control of their symptoms and minimise the effect that the manic and depressive episodes have on them and their daily lives.

Because Bipolar Disorder can have a large impact on the family around the sufferer, the family and friends can also form a major aspect of the psychotherapy and upon first meeting, we will discuss the possibility of group therapy as well as one to one sessions.

To discuss the many ways that psychotherapy can help to put Bipolar Disorder under control, contact Sarah Rutter Counselling today.